US special forces suspend training of Afghans: Report
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The commander of United States (US) special forces in Afghanistan has suspended training for all new Afghan recruits until Afghan soldiers are re-investigated for ties to insurgents, The Washington Post reported late Saturday.
The newspaper said the re-vetting process will affect more than 27,000 Afghan troops. The suspension comes in response to the killing of at least 45 US troops this year by their Afghan colleagues.
"We have a very good vetting process," the paper quotes an unnamed senior special operations official as saying. "What we learned is that you just can't take it for granted. We probably should have had a mechanism to follow up with recruits from the beginning."
According to The Post, numerous military guidelines were not followed by either Afghans or Americans because of concerns that they might slow the growth of the Afghan army and police. Nato has some 130,000 troops in Afghanistan fighting the Taleban's decade-long insurgency alongside government forces.